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    A bravery award for a 10-year-old sergeant

    Ten-year-old Sergeant Justin Bryce was the epitome of bravery and perseverance. He did not have to fake his age to enlist. The Make-A-Wish Foundation was told of his desire to one day outrank his brother, Pvt Raymond Bryce, but time was running out fast. Justin was at war with liver cancer.

    To award the bravery in his battle against cancer, Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld made Justin’s dreams come true.

    Justin was enlisted and promoted to sergeant at the Pentagon, outranking his brother.  He shot an M-16 with night-vision goggles at Fort Belvoir and was whisked to Washington in a Blackhawk at the last minute when the soldiers overheard his request to fly in a helicopter.

    After his trip, he continued to call himself “sergeant” until the Christmas Eve when he became unresponsive, and then passed away on Christmas Day surrounded by his family.

    “He was a brave little boy. It didn’t matter what struggles he had to go through, he just faced them… no matter how tough life seems, you can still overcome everything… he always had a smile,” recalls his mother, Mary Bryce. Justin was buried in battle dress uniform with his ID tags and perfectly shined boots. Justin is a reminder to his family, those he served with in the army, and all who read of his story, to live each day to its utmost, with bravery and perseverance. Anonymous.

    Notes from Army News Service, January 14, 2003.

    Category: Life stories – unclassified

    Cancer,Bravery,Perseverance,U.S. Army,Death,Mourning,Donald Rumsfeld

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